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A Blast from your Pop-Music Past

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Every so often I get a spontaneous ear-worm from the 1960s - my youth heyday - which lets me relive for a moment the joy of watching teens music programmes or jiving & twisting at school lunch-hour record sessions.

Your youth-heyday is likely to be a bit later, but please use this thread to post a sudden memory & make any comments thereon - purely for interest.

Thank you.
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This always resonates because it reflects a time in my life when things had been shaken up and were beginning to resolve.
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One that I heard when young was Lonnie Donegan's Rock Island Line:

I liked it for its humour and strong beat. This is the record which started the skiffle boom. Donegan had been playing with Chris Barber's Jazz Band and playing a lot of American blues and folk. This was the start of his solo career.

Alan Lomax in his American Folk Songs of 1964 is scathing about this:

The Negro singer, Lead Belly, heard it, rearranged it in his own style, and made commercial phonograph recordings of it in the 1940s. One of these recordings was studied and imitated phrase by phrase, by a young English singer of American folk songs [referring to Lonnie Donegan], who subsequently recorded it for an English company. The record sold in the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. and England, and this Arkansas Negro convict song, as adapted by Lead Belly, was published as a personal copyright, words and music, by someone whose contact with the Rock Island Line was entirely through the grooves of a phonograph record.
When you listen to the Lead Belly version, you can see what he means

However, this imitation is typical of the British folk and skiffle scene where many of the recordings in the 60's and 70's were imitations of field recordings. It's only when the tradition developed that it found its own voice - much as Lead Belly did when he adapted the original song.

PS - it's incredible how young Donegan looks on this record.
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Ingélou was wondering about the Blüthner piano. It's actually just a brand name like Bechstein, Bösendorfer or Steinway. There's a nice wiki article about the firm. Apparently Abbey Road Studios bought one and it was used on the Let it Be album notably on Long and Winding Road as well as the title track.
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Lady d'Arbanville - Cat Stevens

A 1970 record as Cat Stevens made a move into folk rock. Really nice track. Reminded of this through Bakers Dozen.

Lovely medieval setting. Nice chorus at the end about the rose that will never die.
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